Brendan Schaub defines the new MMA heavyweight fighter.
Schaub, a runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter, is a rock-solid 245-pounder that stands 6-feet-4. He is a former NFL player and has won four straight fights.
Now, “The Hybrid” is set to square off with a legend in Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira at UFC 134 on August 27.
With the UFC heavyweight division in a stand-still at the moment, Schaub knows that a win over Nogueira could position him quite nicely for a shot at either Cain Velasquez or Junior dos Santos, who meet later this year for the strap.
But, Schaub isn’t overlooking Nogueira, who has not fought since suffering a knockout loss to Velasquez in early 2010.
“He’s confident in his jiu-jitsu and he should be,” Schaub said. “He’s one of the best in the world with jiu-jitsu, so in my opinion, there’s no disrespect in anything he said. I’m very confident with my boxing, and he’s confident in his grappling. So we’ll see how it plays out and who’s tougher. If I get a good ‘W’ I think I’ll be next in line for a title shot. Look, going out there to Brazil and beat Nogueira in his homeland is something that Cain, Frank Mir or Fedor (Emelianenko) never did. So yeah, I think that beating Nogueira in Brazil makes a pretty good argument for a title shot, not speaking about the fact that it’s going to be my fifth consecutive victory.
“I think Nogueira will have a tough time dealing with my speed. I’ll knock him out in round two.”
Schaub (8-1) holds wins over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Chris Tuchscherer and Chase Gormley since his loss to Roy Nelson in the finals of the reality series.
Two of those wins came by first round TKO, while another was a third round knockout of “Cro Cop.”